Great Northern Bean Stew Recipe
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Great Northern Bean Stew Recipe

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This thick and hearty stew is sure to chase the winter chills away.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 274 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in parsley; cook 5 minutes longer.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Great Northern Bean Stew in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p52

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superjaybrd User ID: 6718499 255112
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"To those of you saying it needs more liquid, trust the process! As the cabbage cooks down, there will be plenty of liquid. Adding water will take away from the deliciousness! I've made this recipe dozens of times over the has never let me down. (I add more brown sugar and hot sauce, my family's preference)"

Joan1908 User ID: 8323333 241930
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I used hamburger instead of sausage, as I don't like sausage. Left out the hot sauce. We loved this. Definitely will make again."

Sciakath User ID: 152832 237267
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Talk about a hug in a mug! After taking the advice of several reviewers to increase the bean content (I put in two large jars of Great Northern beans, water and all, instead of the one 15-oz. can), this turned into the most comforting, hearty, flavorful creation I have had in a long time! We provide meals to my elderly in-laws, and the fact that this is so nutritious and freezes well will make this tops on my list!"

lauritex User ID: 3712073 237163
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"I did start to make this but then realized there was no liquid at all in it except for the tomatoes. Had to add water. Wasn't impressed with this stew."

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 60095
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"loved this, but next time will add more beans!!"

bentleyinn User ID: 2417739 56321
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"Husband loved this and has asked for it again"

Quietza User ID: 6371426 113418
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"This was delicious!! Perfect for snuggling on the couch on a cold night!!"

huntnmama User ID: 1067464 124682
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Excellent!!! The only thing I will do different next time is to double the recipe, because there wasn't enough!!!"

mjacustoms User ID: 5586007 90130
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"My family loved this recipe. I did however have to add some water when cooking this down and next time I make it I will double the northern beans."

superjaybird User ID: 1514425 90094
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"This has become a staple in my home."

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